Any Fashionista knows that one of the greatest tricks in fashion is the ability to look perfectly put together while still seeming effortlessly cool. Off-duty models provide so much inspiration for this look, there are even blogs devoted solely to capturing their post-runway outfits. However, for the normal girl, creating this kind of look can be much harder than it appears. Luckily, this Fashionista knows it’s all about the little details that take an outfit from plain and boring to casual chic.
It’s hard to say what drove me to this Fashionista immediately. Was it the bright yellow woven leather shoes? The Peter Pan collared blouse with touches of lace and buttons down the back? Or perhaps the vintage Dooney and Bourke leather bag she bought from a thrift store for only six dollars? No matter what it was, I was hooked on her outfit’s mix of structured and lady-like details.
Her look incorporates many of the season’s hottest trends, without being too over the top. Although the summer has had record-breaking temperatures, this Fashionista shows you do not need to sacrifice structure in your outfit in order to dress for the sweltering heat. Her silk blouse is light enough to feel comfortable, but remains the focal point of the outfit with a peak of lace, a trendy collar and small buttons down the back. To give the outfit a bit more edge, she paired the feminine shirt with a pair of cutoff jean shorts. Her bright yellow woven loafers add a pop of summery color to really make the outfit stand out. Simple accessories, like her leather bag and inherited turquoise ring, pull the outfit together.
Looking to recreate this effortlessly cool ensemble? Opt for a lightweight, structured top with a bit of unique detailing such as this black lace tank with a contrasting Peter Pan collar. Stick with more casual bottoms, like a pair of simple jean shorts like this dark wash pair. The key to this look is to not go overboard on accessories. You want to look as if you threw the outfit on in five minutes, not as if you’ve spent hours intricately placing each bangle on your arm. Choose one cool focal piece that doesn’t compete with the rest of your outfit. A chunky cocktail ring, a menswear inspired watch or brightly colored shoes should do the trick. Et voilà, you have yourself a casual yet structured outfit perfect for the transition to fall.